Old Yardleians RFC: Club News

Improving but still much to do!

Tue, 06 Dec 2011 02:20

Late fixture change

Saturday (today 10th Dec)
Kings Norton have cried off the 3rd team game.

Luckilly, Shipston on stour have agreed to play us at Tilehouse Lane

All other games still on and as per schedule.

Results from last weekend

First XV     v     Keresley    lost    16-22
Dev  XV     v     Stourport   won   51-0
Vandals       v     Stourport   won   32-29

Under 11s   v     Worcester  6-6 on tries, but lost 42-40
Under 16s   v     Camp Hill   won     12-10

Fixtures this weekend

Saturday 10th Dec

First XV     v       Kings Norton   (League)   away
Dev  XV     v       Kings Norton          home
Vandals       v       Kings Norton          away

Sunday    11tth  Dec

Under7       v        Bromsgrove   home  11.00
Under8        v        Bromsgrove   home
Under 9       v        Bromsgrove    away
Under 11      v       Harbury       home
Under 16     v        Old Halesonians  away

Senior Rugby

Just like the good old days!  No names because we all make mistakes once in a while but on a cold December afternoon in frront of a small crowd (mind you I personally think that it's still better than shopping with she who likes to search for alleged bargains) we managed to turn victory into defeat.  Against a Keresley side for whom their number 10 set up attacks frrom all areas of the pitch we soon found ourselves behind.  However, with Steve Grainger on weekend leave and with the return of Ben Honey, we managed to get our noses in front by 16-15 with the clock running down.  With a one point lead a chip and catch from inside your own 22m line that falls nicely into the hands of your opposite man is possibly not the best option.  Never mind the only way is up but if Ben can maintain his impressive goalkicking, the rest of the team stop this habit of kicking without thinking and our 'first-up' tackles are less flimsey, we can still play our way out of trouble.

The Devs and Vandals embarked on a journey over to Stourport where the scores speak for themselves.  New winger, Gary Robinson stood out as he offered that little extra in comparison to our regular wingers (according to Arkell).

Junior Rugby

Marcus and his troops travelled a little aprehensively to sixways to meet Worcester Under 11s.  However, a game that featured 6 tries for each team ending in a draw left manager Mr Hope feeling very proud of his lads.  Congratulations Marcus, claim your manager of the week prize of an Old Ys burger from chairman Graham Davies whilst they are still fresh. An up to date check with Billy Wizz, son of Sharon indicates that we drew 6-6 on tries but that worcester got one more conversion than us.  Sounds familiar.

The Under 16s travelled all the way to Shirley Park to play Camp Hill who hve never been easy to defeat. Although we controlled much of the game, the final pass often went astray (cold hands?) and the game was decided at 2 tries each by the goal kickers. Our tries came from Charlie and Tre'rail and the winning conversion from wide out was kicked by Cameron.  Thanks to NMRFU referee Mr Ian Jackson and to the hosts for their hospitality.
It was interesting to see Joshua the home side's winger, performing a lap of honour in only his speedos and opting for a wash with a bucket of water rather than the more traditional hot shower.  Happy birthday to you and best wishes to your family.

Social News
Kids Christmas Party at the club on sunday 18th of December.

New Year's Eve Party at the club, with live music from Tom Collins and his Band.  A top quality buffet (so Pete tells me) and tickets are only £7.50 each.

Quiz Night at the club  Friday 6th January 7.30

From the past

Two stars from the 80s send their regards to those who might remember them.
From the Bloxham, Dixon era that dynamic prop Tony Mahon has been checking on the quality of the nursing staff at one of our local hospitals using Gall stones as his password.  He is now back at home but is denied two of his favourite pastimes, lager and curry, at least for a while.
Whilst shopping with she who knows Touchwood only too well when who did I spy displaying his retail sales techniques but the former player with the best dummy ever seen (apart from Shannon) Brian Wood.  Brian would very much like to buy any of his old team mates a drink, all you have to do is catch him at the club and remind him of how good a player he was!

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